H1N1 and nurse staffing

I can’t believe fall is almost here and the school year has started. As you know that means that flu season is upon us. And this year we also have the threat of H1N1 looming. I’ve recently seen some pretty scary numbers regarding how many people will be affected, and although I am sure it …

Improve your nursing staff morale

As you know, a simple thank you can actually raise the morale among your nurses and help keep their energy and enthusiasm up through their shift. Unfortunately, it is easy to forget such fundamental practices when your lives and schedule as nursing and staffing managers are so busy. But simple acts of kindness and and appreciation, …

Refreshing nursing skills?

A post and comment thread on a great blog over at the HCA West Florida Recruitment Blog  brought up the point about nurses returning to the profession due to the economic recession after time away and their need to take part in “Back to Nursing” type programs to refresh their skills.  Here are some other nursing …

How do you orient travel nurses?

One of the big concerns of nurse managers and hospital staffing managers is the length of time it takes to truly orient a new travel nurse into their hospital and unit. This is an understandable concern, if you consider you only have a temporary nurse for basically three months at your unit and if they are …

Nurse retention and recruitment expert

I have seen a lot of readers coming to The Healthcare Staffing Blog looking for advice on nurse retention lately. So I wanted to point out a great site that is completely devoted to this topic. NurseRecruitmentandRetention.com is the website of LeAnn Thieman a well known expert on the subject of nurse retention and recruiting. I …

Work life balance for nurse managers

We have seen a lot of interest in nursing staff burnout lately, both through searches that find this blog and our other blog (TravelNursingBlogs.com), but also in the media and healthcare blogosphere in general, and in nursing forums and social networks. It is obvious that the economy and change in working conditions for nurses is …